A Christmas gift to you from the Repository of Imagination

To celebrate our first full year of providing stories to the citizens of your world, Crustias_logo_128px_300dpi_leftwe are reducing the price of all our Kindle books sold through Amazon until Christmas Day. Our books are 99 cents through amazon.com and 77p through amazon.co,uk. So if you want to read about Cardiff terrorized by an out of control robot, or dare to learn the true nature of the Snot Wizard, then now is the perfect opportunity.

You can find our list of books at amazon.com by following this link and at amazon.co.uk by following this one.

Merry Christmas,

(here’s my card)

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Tales from the Repository – now available for Kindle

Two mini-collections of Tales from the Repository have now been translated and made available through the Amazon Kindle Store. Prepare to pop with wonder for a price of mere pennies.

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 Treasure of the Last Dragon is available from amazon,com (99c) and amazon.co.uk (77p)

The Ultimate Green Energy is available from amazon,com (99c) and amazon.co.uk (77p)

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“Roll up! Roll up! Come see the amazing humans at our alien fair. Hear the tale of the last dragon of Earth. Learn the truth about the halfling burglar and the golden dragon horde. Just a few copper coins, sir. Thank you.  You won’t regret it, madam. It’s a journey that’s lasted a thousand years, but the treasure of the last dragon is right here at our very own alien fair. Today only. Roll up! Roll up!”

The Green Tailor of Mermos-37

The visiting alien tailor offers the emperor fabulous new clothes. He claims they can only be seen by the emperor’s truest and most loyal subjects.

Suzia and her family join the happy crowds thronging the route of the hastily arranged imperial procession, unaware that the emperor has set a trap.

The Snot Wizard: a tale from St. Rushby’s Home for the Un-Parented

Even the most famous detectives must have their first case. For celebrated forensic sorcerer, Quintus Repper, destiny beckons when a new dark studies teacher arrives unexpectedly at St. Rushby’s Home for the Un-Parented…

DIG!

For years she has hidden her dark and dirty secret. Then one day, just after her 14th birthday, they have finally come to take her away. For Korrine has the Curse, the compulsion always and endlessly to do just one thing… DIG!

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When Alnial jumps out of his second-story bedroom window to join Zovonia and her friends for a night out, her heart skips a beat. Then he lands on his hoverboard and he’s goofing around, showing off in that way that’s so annoying, but kinda cute at the same time.

Before the night is out, teenage pranks and running curfew are things that Zovonia and Alnial must leave behind forever. When the new dawn breaks on their world, they must stick close together if they are to have any hope of surviving.

 

What Just Happened?

The daughter of the poor toymaker used to dream when she was a little girl that one day she would marry a prince, and that she and her father would never go hungry again. Many little girls dream of something similar, but for the toymaker’s daughter that dream is about to come true. Today is her wedding day. The prince is there waiting for her at the aisle. The queen and members of the court are there too. Everything’s perfect… until the arrival of the slavering zombies, the ninja nuns and the lord of the dark dimension.

Today is her wedding day. Today the toymaker’s daughter must make a choice that will affect everyone.

For ever.

The Cook, The Gardener, and the One-Day King

When his father dies unexpectedly, teenage Prince Idirian becomes King Idirian before he (or his mother) think he is ready. Ready or not, he has plans for the Kingdom of Ossiria. What he doesn’t reckon on is that Ossira has plans for him.

At his coronation feast, Idirian is soon in a fight for his life, and the future of his people. The situation looks hopeless. Will Idirian go down in history as the One-Day King?

The Ultimate Green Energy

When the United Nations gave the mysterious Prometheus Corporation a mandate to deliver their new power source to an energy-hungry world, a wave of relief washed over a grateful world. The ultimate green energy doesn’t pollute, is endlessly renewable, and costs just pennies. Global warming solved! Oil wars a thing of the past! Clean air again!

Sisters Katrine and Laura believe the new green energy is too good to be true. To prove it, they set off on a daring undercover operation to the stronghold of Prometheus at the North Pole.

There they discover that some truths are best left hidden!

 

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Treasure of the Last Dragon is available from amazon,com (99c) and amazon.co.uk (77p)

The Ultimate Green Energy is available from amazon,com (99c) and amazon.co.uk (77p)

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A Christmas present from author Colin R Parsons

51G+vK5aV4L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_Fans of Colin’s book Crank Tech One: Destruction, will be delighted to hear that Colin is giving away a Christmas present. From now until December 13th 2013, you can go to the Amazon Kindle store and pick up a free copy the first of a two-part fantasy series: The Curious World Of Shelley Vendor.

Find it on amazon.com here and amazon.co.uk here

Merry Christmas, Colin.

 

Alien Legends a hit with Online Book Club

AlienLegendseBook 72dpi 400pxOur stunning first collection of human story sphere translations, Alien Legends, enthralled the human reviewer at OnlineBookClub.org who said: “I loved every individual story in the book and would gladly recommend this book to anyone.” This reviewer clearly has excellent taste.

You can read more of the review here and more about the book here.

Read it now: The WiseWoman’s Child

Alien editor Crustias ScattermushToday we have another free story taken from the book Alien Legends. This story is a morality tale. It might be true; it might not. That no longer matters because this tale has taken on such power that it has shaped its world. — Crustias

THE WISEWOMAN’S CHILD

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Everyone knows that if you want to get help from a wise-woman you must pay for her services; a prayer to the gods, a spell — these things have a price. This story, however, starts with a wise-woman who used her powers to help a friend who had not asked.

Jinesh worked on the local landowner’s farm; being a wise-woman did not put food on the table and she had children to feed. When it came time for the midday meal the workers would gather together and talk. One of Jinesh’s friends was a man named Kestan who was married to a girl from the village. Because Jinesh had children of her own, Kestan asked how long it should take for his wife to conceive a child as they had been married for quite a while. Jinesh reassured him but knew that the time they had waited was not normal. She decided to help Kestan and his wife.

That night she took out her inks and her pens and wrote out the spell for a healthy baby. She took food and drink to her sacred place and left them for the gods and she prayed to the goddess of fertility and her own god to whom she had dedicated her spirit. Within a few months Kestan confided in her that his wife was pregnant. Jinesh was so happy for him. The gods, however, required that Jinesh should pay a price for her good deed and, within two more months, she discovered that she too was pregnant.

Even before the birth Jinesh knew that the baby she carried was special. For a woman of her age to give birth at all there must have been intervention from the gods. The pregnancy went without trouble, no aches or pains, no sleepless nights, none of the usual problems.

When he was born, she called him Ichik, which means ‘special one’, and he was the most beautiful baby ever seen. When Ichik was a baby people would cross the road to come and see him and to touch him. Grown men would ask to hold him, and there was never a shortage of people willing to look after him. As a boy he roamed the town freely. Everyone had time for him and he never went short of food. Ichik spent his days learning from the craftsmen, helping the women with their housework and playing with the other children. Everyone loved him.

When Ichik reached his fifteenth birthday it came time for him to choose his second name, his descriptive name. Most people chose to name themselves after their job, such as Jinesh whose second name was Wisewoman. Many people put off their naming day until they were certain that they had chosen correctly but Ichik was not one of these. In front of friends and family Ichik stepped forward and announced that, from this day onward, he would be known as Ichik Leveler. There was much confusion and those gathered asked him this meant.

“From this day no man may put himself above another,” Ichik declaimed. “None may own the land and make others work it. Each man may work land for himself, villages may share land to be worked by all. Also, none may say that they are the voice of the gods. The wise-women have the ear of the gods but do not presume to speak for them. The priests will be put out of business, for that is what it is, a means of earning money. From this day all men and women will be equal, and my job will be to make it so.”

There were eight others there who had reached their naming day that season and were waiting their turn. The next to take her name was Dahan, Kestan’s daughter. When Ichik had finished she stood up.

“From this day onward I shall be known as Dahan Follower,” she said, and went and stood beside Ichik. The other seven, Nemat, Mohe, Sebish, Sarish, Angho, Figor and Chegot, all did likewise.

Then Ichik Leveler and his eight Followers went from that place to the home of the landowner and turned him out of his huge house. He and his family were given a cottage to live in and money enough for one year, for Ichik said that was time enough to learn a trade. The land was divided up equally amongst all who lived in the village, as was everything the landowner had gained from the hard work of the villagers. When everything was divided equally, Ichik and the Followers went to the temple and tore it down, stone by stone. The priests were allowed to stay in the village if they were willing to work but most left. Those that left were soon to discover that there was nowhere they could go, because Ichik Leveler and his Followers then split up, each traveling to a nearby village and each taking on more Followers. Temples were destroyed and landowners brought down, and so it went, until each and every village was run by the village for the village.

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The people of this planet are an insect-like race with four legs and two hand-like structures. This story is from their ancient history and is explanatory of their way of life, which is one of equal rights for all. They have no monetary system, using goods to barter. The story is so ancient it is impossible to tell how much of it is true but Ichik Leveler has become an almost god-like figure and disagreements between people are taken to The Leveler’s Court where nine people are chosen to decide the rights and wrongs of the problem.

Alien editor crustias ScattermushIf you have enjoyed this tale, we have other stories free to read on our website. City of Khar is an introduction to the Repository, albeit a chilling one. The Green Tailor of Mermos-37 will look familiar at first, but this is not what it appears to be.  — Crustias

 

Another free story will be posted tomorrow.

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If you have the primitive reading devices known as the Kindle or iPad, then you may acquire our thrilling tale of a robot on the loose without paying any money. But you can only do this over the next three days. The novel is called Crank Tech One: Destruction. I have visited the Kindle Store in person a few seconds ago and can confirm this special offer has been activated. USA citizens follow this link. UK citizens follow this one.

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Humans dwelling in the Welsh city of Cardiff should acquire this book immediately. It will explain how to respond should your city suffer robot attack.

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